HIU performance has a major impact on the overall performance of heat networks, both with respect to return temperatures and network sizing.
Up until now many heat networks have failed to achieve their intended efficiency targets, the new standard developed to assess UK heat network operating parameters is regarded as an important step towards improving the overall performance of British district heating schemes.
The standard is based on an initial regime that was developed by engineering and energy consultancy FairHeat as part of a UK government research project into heat network efficiency. Information about this project, including the initial regime and test results from leading HIU manufacturers can be found on their website.
Developed under the auspices of a steering group of industry experts, including representatives from FairHeat, Carbon Alternatives, CIBSE, BESA, BEIS, Engie, E.ON and SSE, the purpose of the standard is three-fold:
HIUs that are tested according to the test regime specified in the standard will not be ‘certified’. Rather, the intention is to provide test results that will enable performance evaluated within the UK context.
There are two main outputs from this test regime:
In addition, the test regime will evidence compliance with other performance and reliability metrics, such as speed of temperature stabilisation.
A number of manufacturers are looking to test against the new standard in early 2017, results of which will be published on this page.
If you are a HIU manufacturer, supplier or heat network operator and would like to test a HIU, then please contact Tim Rook, Technical Director at the BESA on 0207 313 4927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The initial technical specification for the HIU standard was produced by FairHeat in partnership with Martin Crane of Carbon Alternatives, under contract to Guru Systems as part of the Heat Networks Demonstration SBRI research project funded by DECC (now BEIS).
As part of the DECC funding, FairHeat commissioned SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) to modify the “Swedish Test” test rig, utilised for F:103-7e certification, to meet the requirements of the UK test specification. As an output from each test SP produced a test report.
Test Results: Reports and VWART Calculations: DECC funding paid for five of the tests, with the sixth test (Thermal Integration), being paid by the manufacturer.
Further information, including the initial regime ‘Modified Swedish Test UK HIU Test Regime_V1.0’ and the test results for the different HIUs is available from Fairheat’s website.
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